Reed is infamous among students for its large smoking culture. For better or worse, it is almost impossible to venture around campus without seeing students, staff, and faculty alike in smoking shelters and various grassy areas around campus. However, this will soon change. As of January 1, 2018, the state of Oregon has raised the smoking age from 18 to 21. Because of this, many students at Reed who have been smoking for years will no longer be able to legally obtain tobacco products.
As you walk around campus, take a closer look at the flower beds and you will find some colorful surprises. As of this week, Zia Rady, a second year Biology major, has placed a bevy of brightly painted rocks throughout Reed with the hopes of brightening up both campus and your day. The rocks are painted with different colors, designs, and themes. The Reedies who helped paint them clearly let their imaginations run wild, painting unique abstract designs on some, writing kind messages on others, and even turing a few into pickles.
At the start of each new semester, whispers and rumors of the so-called “Reed Plague” begin to fly around. These rumors are then verified when our peers are absent from classes, or worse, sit sniffling and sneezing in lecture halls. It is all too easy to fight through sickness and continue on with our academic lives, but this year especially it is important to be conscious of your own health and that of others.
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